Wind God and Thunder God Screens
Early Modern Painting
Although these screens bear no inscription or seal, there is no doubt that they are the work of Tawaraya Sotatsu. These screens were replicated in works by Ogata Korin and, later, Sakai Hoitsu.
The gold foil background makes the painted figures stand out while acting as an effective decorative element in itself. The gold foil also acts to produce a sense of unlimited depth.
The masterful use of the gold background medium not only as a decorative motif but also to create a boundless space within which the demonic deities float makes these screens true masterpieces.